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Historic & Present Population

Table 2A: Falfurrias, Population Change, 1960- 2010

Year

Falfurrias

Brooks County

State of Texas

1960

6,515

8,609

9,579,677

1970

6,355

8,005

11,196,730

1980

6,103

8,428

14,229,191

1990

5,788

8,204

16,986,540

2000

5,297

7,976

20,851,820

2010

4,981

7,223

25,145,561

2012 (estimate)

5,363

N/A

 

Source: US Census Bureau, Profile of Demographic Characteristics, 1960-2010.

Over the past 50 years, the population of Falfurrias has declined each decade from a height of over 6,500 residents in 1960 to less than 5,000 in 2010. Over the same period, the population of Brooks County has also shrunk from 8,609 residents to 7,223 residents. The State of Texas grew each decade. Housing and water connection costs indicate that the City has experienced growth since the 2010 Census.

Regional Population Change : As illustrated in Chart 2A, regional population change from 2000 to 2010 ranged from significant population decline at -19.2% to slight population increase at 2.5%. Falfurrias and the small communities in Brooks County including Encino and Cantu Addition all experienced population decline over the last decade. Premont in Jim Wells County just north of Falfurrias also shrunk while the other larger cities in the region grew slightly. This indicates that Falfurrias residents are leaving Brooks County and locating in surrounding communities.

Chart 2A: Regional Population Change, 2000 – 2010


Population Characteristics


The analysis of Falfurrias’s population characteristics uses data from US Census Reports for 2000 and 2010. The analysis identifies racial breakdown, disability status, and age cohort information in the city’s population.

Project Beneficiaries by Sex, Race and Ethnicity. Table 2B: Population by Race & Ethnicity, 2000-2010 describes how the population’s race and ethnicity changed during the last decade.

In 2010, Falfurrias’s White population comprised 89% of the total population. The percentage of citizens of all races who describe themselves as Hispanic/Latino totaled over 90% in both 2000 and 2010. The City’s African American population grew slightly during this decade. Combined, all non-white racial categories comprised approximately 25% of the population in 2000 and only 11% of the population in 2010. This decrease is caused by a sharp decline in residents who identify themselves as being a part of the “other” race category. All other race categories remained relatively stable between 2000 and 2010.

The Brooks County population is similar to the race and ethnicity of Falfurrias residents. Falfurrias residents make up two-thirds of the County’s population. It is the County’s only incorporated city. As compared to Falfurrias and the County, the State has a much lower percentage of Hispanic/Latino residents (32%) and a significantly higher percentage of Black/African American residents (12%).

Table 2B: Population by Race & Ethnicity, 2000 - 2010

 

Falfurrias

Brooks County

 

2000

2010

2010

Characteristic

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Total Population

5,297

100%

4,981

100%

7,223

100%

White

3,984

75%

4,422

89%

6,471

90%

Black or African American

13

0%

27

1%

37

1%

American Indian, Alaskan Native

29

1%

24

0%

25

0%

Asian

7

0%

20

0%

21

0%

Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander

6

0%

0

0%

1

0%

Other

1142

22%

405

8%

570

8%

Two or More Races

116

2%

83

2%

98

1%

             

Hispanic or Latino

4902

93%

4,582

92%

6,590

91%


Source : 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census